Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Western Bearded Greenbul (Criniger barbatus) - HBW 10, p. 220

French: Bulbul crinon German: Westlicher Haarbülbülm Spanish: Bulbul Barbado

Taxonomy: Trichophorus barbatus Temminck, 1821, Sierra Leone.
Genus previously considered close to Alophoixus, and latter often merged with it; recent molecular evidence, however, strongly supports the view that the relationship between the two groups is remote, despite close similarity in appearance. Forms a superspecies with C. chloronotus, and often considered conspecific, but exhibits appreciable vocal as well as plumage differences. Race ansorgeanus is morphologically and geographically intermediate between nominate race and C. chloronotus and could arguably, on current knowledge, equally be placed with latter; better kn.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Trichophorus barbatus Temminck, 1821, Sierra Leone.
Genus previously considered close to Alophoixus, and latter often merged with it; recent molecular evidence, however, strongly supports the view that the relationship between the two groups is remote, despite close similarity in appearance. Forms a superspecies with C. chloronotus, and often considered conspecific, but exhibits appreciable vocal as well as plumage differences. Race ansorgeanus is morphologically and geographically intermediate between nominate race and C. chloronotus and could arguably, on current knowledge, equally be placed with latter; better knowledge of its vocalizations would help to resolve its true taxonomic position. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • barbatus (Temminck, 1821) - Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to SW Togo and S Benin.
  • ansorgeanus Hartert, 1907 - S Nigeria.

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